gild the pill
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- (idiomatic) To make something unappealing look more attractive.
- “The Parliamentary Debates”, in UK Parliament, accessed 11-14-2017: ““The chemists who first gilded the pill now sit on the Front Opposition Bench.””
- “I've jibe and joke”, in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Yeomen of the Guard, accessed 11-14-2017: ““For he who'd make his fellow, fellow, fellow creatures wise, should always gild the philosophic pill!””